I get asked the same question all the time: “How do you stay so thin?”
Many people think I can’t gain weight, but contrary to popular belief I can. I was 20 pounds heavier than I am now due to poor eating habits in the past. Now, the extra pounds are off due to my new lifestyle and diet. I replaced fast food and junk food with foods that are yummy and healthy. I’ve never been a fan of crash diets. My diet is a transitioning process that involves cutting out anything that isn’t healthy and finding a similar but healthier alternative. I love pasta, but we all know that pasta can be fattening. Instead of a life without something I enjoy, I found a creative way to make a yummy pasta dish that includes vegan Alfredo sauce, spinach, and squash noodles. It’s less than half the calories of traditional Alfredo pasta ,but it tastes just as good:-) I have to be honest with you, I’m a foodie! I believe that life is supposed to be enjoyed, and food definitely brings me enjoyment. My goal is to live my best life however, and food is a defining factor in health and wellness. I enjoy my life through food in creative and healthy ways. I cut out meat two years ago, and I followed with fish, whole milk, yogurt, ice cream, soda and other junk foods. I cut things out of my diet at my own pace and that method really worked for me. Today, I’m a vegetarian but my goal is to go vegan. I loovveeee pizza, so i’m not in any rush just yet(the pizza keeps calling me)! Pizza is my cheat day meal for now. My normal diet is full of fruits, vegetables, and beans. Some of my favorite healthy dishes and snacks are:
Vegan buffalo tacos with Sweet potato fries
Fresh organic cauliflower
Wheat tortilla wrap
Organic ketchup( no high fructose corn syrup)
Pre-cut sweet potato fries(they’re fresh, not frozen)
I heat the oven to 425. I place washed cauliflower in a medium bowl with chili powder, garlic, and 1 cup of buffalo sauce. I make sure the cauliflower is completely coated before placing on a baking sheet with olive oil. I let it cook for 20 minutes.
When it’s done, I place the cauliflower inside tortilla wraps filled with spinach, and avocado:-)
I buy my pre cut sweet potato fries from my local Whole Foods Market. I season them with a small amount of olive oil and garlic and I bake them for 20 minutes.
I add organic ketchup to the fries and my meal is complete.
Vegan Alfredo pasta
I buy pre-cut squash noodles at my local Whole Foods Market. I found an amazing vegan red pepper Alfredo sauce there too! I sauté the squash noodles in olive oil or vegan butter for 15 minutes. I like my noodles soft. I add spinach, fresh garlic, chili powder, and vegan Alfredo sauce and mix everything together while the noodles are still cooking. This meal is so yummy.
I freeze an organic banana, strawberries and mangos overnight. The next day, I place the fruit in a blender and I add organic orange juice. The end result is a healthy sorbet that tastes just as good with no added sugar.
Green machine smoothie
This smoothie is a great meal replacement because it’s filling and it has all the required fruits and vegetable servings you need per day.
2 cups of spinach
1 cup of kale
1 cup of frozen mangos
On cheat days, I end my night with this smoothie and it leaves me satisfied.
Remember the goal isn’t to be a size 2, the goal is to be the healthiest version of yourself. Your diet is more important than any workout routine. Make health your priority!
More info: Raelia Lewis is an international model, and Brand ambassador who appeared on the 21st cycle of America’s Next Top Model. She wrote two books “Trust Your Journey”, and “From Incarceration To Inspiration” that are available on Amazon and at RaeliaLewis.com
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